Family Desperately Plea With Hunters: Not To Shoot ‘George’Their Family’s Pet Deer

What’s the most unusual pet you ever recall someone having? When I was younger, a local vet’s wife adopted a pot-bellied pig.

I can remember how much shock I was in when I first saw the bristly, squashed-looking animal waddling through their backyard. There was another occasion where I encountered a woman who kept a sugar glider perched upon her shoulder.

The tiny marsupial skittered this over and back its ink-black eyes peering all over the place. Neither of those animals seems quite as strange as the pet owned by the Funderburk family of South Carolina.

The story began in June 2016. Someone found a nearly newborn fawn alone on the side of the road.

His mother was possibly killed by a speeding car. When the Funderburks discovered the fawn’s situation, they made a decision: They were going to adopt the little deer and raise it as a pet.

We had never raised a deer, so we immediately went to a local taxidermist who had raised many,” Kena Lucas Funderburk wrote on Facebook. “It took 18 hours of constant cuddling and working with him to get him to take a bottle.

We really didn’t think he’d make it! After about 12 hours of holding him, he finally started suckling on my chest, neck and ears, then eventually took a bottle.”

Thankfully he survived and the family eventually named him George. Kaleb and Laney, the youngest Funderburks, grew to love George, as did their pet dog.

As he grew in size, they had a difficult decision to make. Rather than try to keep George confined, they would release him into the wild.

“We struggled with how we looked at his life, it was a debate of quality vs. quantity,” Kena said. “We decided it would have been inhumane to have him in a pen and keep him from running free.”

George took well to living wild and would return to the Funderburks’ house after months away. Each time he has returned, he has been completely healthy.

However, there is just one problem: The Funderburks live in a rural area and deer season has begun.

According to a source, Kena posted a plea on Facebook, begging, “Local hunters, please don’t shoot the seven-point with the yellow tape around his antlers if you see him. It’s George!

“We usually mark him with bright orange paint and the two hunt clubs around us have been good about looking out for him. They get new pictures each time he comes home.”

So far, the plea seems to have work, although a few miscreants have posted Photoshopped pictures of a dead George shot by bullets or hit by a truck. Kena confirmed on Facebook that George is currently alive and well.

“George’s story has been told by numerous worldwide, national and local media outlets and more is to come tomorrow! Not to mention folks all over the world have fallen in love with him and his story!”

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